Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is. When Eats, Shoots & Leaves came out, and people wanted to know the story. Eats, Shoots & Leaves has ratings and reviews. I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason. The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in.
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Have enlisted for the corps. Our Shoot teachers give it a once-over in elementary school, and then we never get a review of it, so we spend most of our lives just throwing around commas and apostrophes and hoping we get it right. View all 37 comments. Unfortunately, a the gallery was closed, b a little internet research revealed that lsaves last went for aroundeuros. Truss would have benefited from revisiting The Elements of Style to which she pays a passing nod at the end and thoroughly edited her book on everything besides the ahd, especially the organization.
I’m sure it says more about them – poor, unenlightened souls – than it does about me; for some reason, in particular, very few people understand what a wonderful punctuation mark the semi-colon is, and that it can, and very often should, be used to replac I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason escapes me; friends who have been exposed to my academic writing style are particularly prone to do so, and I have grown used to this strange phenomenon.
See above the stars of this book, taking a bow; the apostrophe, the comma, the semicolon and the colon, the exclamation mark, the question mark, quotes, various types of brackets, the dash, the ellipsis and the hyphen along with italics. The reason it sold well, of course, is that it’s well-written and entertaining to read. For all her huffiness, Ms Truss is a surprisingly generous mentor.
Calendar 3 24 Jun 21, I read this last year and as someone who loves words – and punctuation; it was both amusing and informative, in fact I’m making several purposeful mistakes here as I tell you all about how interesting this book was Retrieved from ” https: Read it Forward Read it first.
This book was a waste of my time.
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Feb 14, Manny marked it as to-read. Yes, Truss is talking about punctuation. However, many of the rules of good punctuation use are common sense at least I think so and so I think I edge into the stickler zone. View all 9 comments.
Death to the otiose comma
At first I thought a zero tolerance approach to punctuation sounded a bit extreme. Letter 1 “Dear Jack, I want a man who knows what love is all about. It would be very easy for Ms. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species.
May 30, Cecily rated it liked it Shelves: Truss is a Brit and the usages have not been modified for the American edition of the book. She blames the internet for all the books on line and wonders if the book will still be around in twenty years. It bothers me when grammar and punctuation are mangled, but especially when it’s mangled by someone trruss paid to get it right.
To certain eyes the misuse of a colon or comma bespeaks an almost rruss vagueness: That is until Truss mentioned one of my favorite movies “Two Weeks Notice”pointing out that the title should be “Two Weeks’ Notice”.
Or it would be, if it didn’t fuel the fire in the bellies of extr Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone ahoots I don’t agree with her about everything. Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive feat of pumping about 20 pages of expository writing full of enough hot air to go into orbit or at least top the Bestsellers list for several weeks.
Have I left my sentence hanging on a cliff-edge with a poorly placed dash? And if we are to be brutally honest, her regular quotations from others who have written on this subject – true giants such as Eric Fowler, Kingsley Amis or George Bernard Shaw – serve only to show that pedantry works best when allied to an economical wit and rock-solid prose, rather than Truss’s own consistent style of overheated whimsy, which becomes oppressive even in such a brief book.
First, Truss comes across as such a pretentious, self-importa Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive ajd of pumping about 20 pages of expository writing full of enough hot air to go into orbit or at least top the Bestsellers list for several weeks. View all 5 comments. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.
Who knew punctuation could be so entertaining? Apr 20, carol. View all 17 comments. I’ve always had high standards with writing grammar, punctuation, spelling, stylebut having high standards is eafs from being anal. Knowing that the printed word is always edited, typeset and proofread before it reaches us; we appreciate its literary authority.
My transgression – in my wide-eyed seven-year-old innocence I dared to correct my very Soviet teacher on her comma placement and a spelling mistake. Thanks for telling us about the problem. And Casement was duly hanged. It, bored, the pants, off, me frankly.